Dharana – The 6th Limb

Dharana:

The Ability to Concentrate

The Power of Concentration

Similar to asana, we can practice concentrating to get better at it. Dharana does not mean only holding your mind in one place for a long period of time, it also refers to bringing your mind back to the same place over and over again. When we practice yoga we concentrate our minds on our breath, on a particular part of the body, or on a mantra. Then we can keep coming back to our awareness of our breath, our body, or the mantra periodically throughout the day to maintain a thread of concentration, which makes us more available to an experience of meditation, which is a state called Dhyana – The 7th Limb of Ashtanga Yoga.

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About Joyce Englander

I teach weekly yoga classes in New York City, which focus on moving mindfully and gracefully with the breath. I believe that learning yoga is similar to learning a language, and the more you are around it the more fluent you become. This blog is an opportunity to share my thoughts and re-visit lessons from class; to create a bridge for students to translate their classroom experience into real life. I am interested in how practicing yoga can help to improve people's lives and reduce needless suffering.
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